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Loss of Jimmy Smith contributed to '16 demise, but Ravens think they're better equipped now

Loss of Jimmy Smith contributed to '16 demise, but Ravens think they're better equipped now

There are few football-related topics that Ravens coach John Harbaugh turns aside quicker than comparison questions and opportunities to relive the past. Predictably, neither was in play late Monday afternoon as Harbaugh wrapped up his team’s thorough 44-20 victory over the Detroit Lions and began preparing for the challenges ahead.

For those outside the team facility, the comparisons between the Ravens’ current situation and how last season unfolded are suddenly inevitable, with the latest parallel being cornerback Jimmy Smith’s season-ending Achilles tendon injury and subsequent suspension.

Last year’s Ravens were 7-5 and in a good postseason position after playing their...

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